About Us

Owned by Dawn & Steve

We found Rowell House in 2010 and embarked on a full renovation to lovely restore this 19th century house for modern day living. Designed by local architect Joseph Rowell (hence our name!) and built in 1875. We feel in love with the original period details and its open view over Torquay.

 

Our main business, Retrovation.co.uk sees us travelling all over the UK finding unique and unusual decorative English antique and period props. We love finding pieces which have a Devonian history.  Making Rowell House a unique space with a wealth of period features and character.

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Our Story

Steve grew up in Torbay attending school until he left to study at University.  Our family roots are deeply planted in Devon. As a family we enjoy rock climbing and sailing. Our two teenage sons Alex and Gabriel have sailed at Babbacombe sailing club and completed their outdoor climbing certificates locally. 

 

We live near St Albans, Hertfordshire and spend all our spare time including Christmas at Rowell House. Enjoying country walks, water sports and swimming in the sea. We love exploring local towns of Totnes and Dartmouth, and the cities of Exeter and Plymouth.

We do hope you will enjoy your stay at Rowell House as much as we do. With a unique interior and easy reach to many attractions our house is ideal for families or a group of friends looking to kick back and enjoy some well earned peace and quiet!

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